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>> this is boone pickens, watching "fox & friends." great show. watch it every morning. >> right. and you know what? this is the number one stop for billionaires. you notice that most of our viewers are loaded. >> yeah. >> loaded. i thought that. >> that's true. good morning, everybody. great to be with you. great to be with you guys. >> great to have you, ali. >> let's get to the stories make headlines at this hour. the taliban is denying reports this morning that their leader mullah omar is dead. a spokesman for the terror group says outsiders tapped into taliban phones and into their web site. those outside agents sent a fake text message that omar was dead. the taliban also claiming a post on their web site saying the same thing was also a fake. >> british prime minister david cameron will address parliament this morning over the news of the world scandal. this comes one day after news
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corp ceo rupert murdoch and his son james testified before a committee saying they were appalled by the scandal. >> i would just like to say one sentence, this is the most humble day of my life. >> as for the man who attacked murdoch with a pie made of foam, well, he's under arrest this morning. he calls himself a comedian, by the way, news corp is the parent company of fox news. nearly two years after he was charged with murdering 13 people including a pregnant woman, the ft. hood shooter is finally be arraigned in a military court. he is still collecting a paycheck from the military will face a judge this afternoon in technic texas. this will will be his first court appearance since he decided he would face the death penalty. his lawyer is not saying whether they're considering an insanity defense. casey anthony ready for her close-up. reportedly in california right now close to signing a $1 million television deal for her first interview.
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you knew this one would happen. the offer comes from tv producer al taylor we're told seen here with larry king. he reportedly met with anthony and her lawyer jose baez in palm springs. she seemed eager to take the money but didn't like the idea of taking a lie detector test as part of the interview. wonder why. a woman who looked like anthony was seen running with a towel over her head at orlando executive airport yesterday but baez says it was a hoax to trick the media. all right, we're easily fooled. >> larry king couldn't get off the phone for 10 seconds while the picture was made? >> you know what it's like doing a live tour. larry king is out doing the stage act. meanwhile at 2 minutes after the hour, so much is going on in washington, d.c. as we get closer and closer to the debt ceiling deadline. >> that's right. the house has passed the cut, cap and balance act last night. the gang of six comes up with a deal that could break negotiations stalemate over the debt ceiling, brian. >> peter doocy live in washington with latest. peter? >> brian, pray for the gang of
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six is what the chairs of president obama's debt commission said yesterday. that's erskine bowles and alan simpson. their ideas inspired the democratic senators who put this out yesterday. it's getting a lot of buzz and support. here's what it's all about. two step plan cut deficits by $500 billion right away and $4 trillion over the next decade. that's part of step two and then they want to strengthen medicare and medicaid keeping those entitlement program structures the same but spending money a little smarter with them and then fundamentally reform the tax code, reducing marginal income rates and totally getting rid of the $1.7 trillion alternative minimum tax known also as the wealth tax and then they want to strictly tighten the government's budget process by basically restricting how much freedom they have when making their budget, setting up spending caps and using the money they have left over at the end of the year to recoup any overspending that they actually do. that's congress and finally this plan would make sure social security is set up for another
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75 years. president obama said in a news conference he buys into what the gang of six is telling. that doesn't mean a deal is done. if everybody does what the president wanted, an agreement would be made a long time ago. a republican who sits at the table with the president during negotiations, eric cantor, says this plan does include some constructive ideas. back to you guys. >> that's optimism coming from eric cantor. i think the whole thing is fascinating -- thanks, peter, that they get it from the deficit commission. can you imagine if they started in this place in the winter? they released their study six months ago and some of the people go a lot of this makes sense. >> i don't know why this took so many months to work their way back around to where they started. when the gang of six broke up in whatever it was, mid may. >> bigger than the beatles! >> right, and tom coburn walked out, we can't work with this and yesterday, somehow they resuscitated it all and now he's the hero that's come back and
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made it all gel once again. >> it's time to see if they can make it from an outline to piece of legislation. >> the key to that, according to jeff sessions, republican from alabama says he looked at the outline, remember it's not in legislative form yet. i only see $1.2 trillion worth of cuts. they might say there's $4 trillion worth of cuts. i can only see 1.2 and going forward all those cuts -- the decisions of what they're going to cut will be made by a legislative panel. so they will be essentially dictated in the senate by democrats. what are they going to choose? there's lots of questions. we have one of the original members of the gang of six coming up with us in the 7:00 gf six. >> metaphor. >> thank you. >> meanwhile, you know the republicans have been saying look, we have a plan. you may not like our plan but at least we have a plan. we have put something down and we've put it out there to be put in the public. what has the president done?
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what is the president's plan? they've been asking that question over and over. >> he doesn't have one. we haven't heard about it. >> the white house spokesperson, jay carney said that, you know, it isn't really the president's idea to have a plan. that actually, by design, leadership is really not about coming up with a plan. let's listen to him explain it. >> there are people putting plans on the table. that's good. i'm glad people are putting plans on the table. there's one person who is pretty important in all of this who hasn't put the plan on the table, that's president obama. through all this talk, we've gotten speeches and press conferences. we have yet to see any proposal from the president to fix this problem. >> leadership is not deposing a plan for the sake of having it voted up or down and likely voted down because it is -- look, you know how this town works and how congress works. if an individual, whether democrat or republican leader says this is my plan and solely
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my plan, it makes it a lot harder for that plan to be the basis for bipartisan compromise. >> says i'm looking better and better. >> ok, if it's not leadership, is it followership? if he's not coming forward with the plan, it's somebody else's plan. do you understand that? >> i mean, he says it's leadership. that's not really the definition of leadership. i mean, that's more like deliberation, the president, as we know, comes from a lawyerly background. he likes deliberation. that's not -- >> playing a game. it's all about politics. >> that's his style. i mean, leadership is proposing something bold or a plan of some kind and then persuading people to come along with you. that's not exactly the president's style. >> it's like going out to a battlefield against the other army and saying ok, you make the first move because you're going to counter me anyway. that makes no sense. that's his worst moment as press secretary. if somebody told him to do that, they should be fired. >> brian, just remember when it came to the health care plan, that wasn't his plan, the president of the united states said hey, congress. democrats in congress, come up
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with a plan and i will push it. speaking of congress, man, there is a cat fight under way. if you live down in florida, a couple of your legislators are at each other's throats. it all started yesterday. congresswoman debbie wasserman-schultz who heads the dnc was on the floor and she was talking about the republicans' plan which she doesn't like and well, let's start there and hear her first. >> the gentleman from florida who represents thousands of medicare beneficiaries as do i is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for medicare beneficiaries. unbelievable from a member from south florida. >> so she mentioned the gentleman from florida. colonel alan west said hey, that's me. >> yeah, but i think he had already left the room so he didn't appreciate that she took this moment once he was already gone to basically attack him for his policy so he followed up by
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sending a letter to debbie wasserman-schultz. >> in an envelope. >> look debbie, i understand after i left the house floor, you directed your comments towards me. let me make myself clear. you are the most vial and despicable member of the house of representatives. if you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face. otherwise, shut the heck up. focus on your own impressional district. i'm sorry, i can only read it with that vitroal. >> we have a female voice. i probably should have done it. maybe next hour in a deeper voice. he goes on to say this dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign headquarters in deerfield beach. the plot thickens. thicken the plot even more, steve. >> so after she said this stuff on the floor and he took offense and he sent the e-mail, he talked to us exclusively.
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listen. >> this is something once again, the democrat party when they put my social security number, my wife's employment identification number in a mail piece, this has been an ongoing thing. i've been calling uncle tom, it's not about allen west so once again, it's very interesting to me that we continually allow liberals to do whatever they want and attacking conservatives but all of a sudden, when a conservative stands up and says enough, then people want to sit back especially liberals want to play victim. she's not a victim. she's been attacking allen west for quite sometime. >> it will be interesting to see how she responds understandably later today. >> yeah. >> to that. >> also went on to say you haven't seen me mad yet. if everyone thinks i'm mad, you have not seen me mad. >> that sounded pretty angry in that e-mail. meanwhile, need to tell you about this story out of arvada, colorado. it's such a sad story.
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there's a vietnam vet that was decorated. he's 69 years old. he died. he had two purple hearts for his service. well, over the course of his life, he had moved -- hired a moving company called two men with big hearts moving and storage. but he fell behind in his bills to this company. this storage company because of medical bills that had piled up for him. >> so he just passed away and the family is trying to figure out what they're going to do at the funeral and what they would like to do is get a hold of some of his military stuff, including his two purple hearts but the problem is that particular company is owed by the family $600. the family went over and talked to them and they knocked it down to $500. but nonetheless, they would like to have the stuff for the funeral next tuesday but they got to come up with $500. here's the son of the veteran. >> he was a very patriotic person. >> dad wanted to go out in a blaze of glory. that was on the back of the fire
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truck. something we want to give for dad. that was one of his last requests. >> he had it for five years. it would be thousands of dollars. don kennedy owns the company so he's not going to release the stuff as of right now unless they pay the $500 which is just -- they just want to get the -- they want to get the crate back where all of his stuff is. >> look, there has to be a way to solve this. obviously, maybe the family could be on some sort of payment plan. maybe they could get the purple hearts right now before next week and the funeral and then pay them back over weeks to come. i mean, the company is called two men with big hearts so it seems apropos and fitting of this story to release the purple hearts. >> more americans than ever before so strapped for cash, they're skipping summer vacations but not the president. critics say he's tone deaf. dick morris, former advisor to president clinton weighs in next. >> check out this incredible video. a motocross rider loses his grip
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>> if you are not planning to go away on summer vacation this year because it's too expensive, you're not alone. a brand new poll shows that 55% of americans are not booking a summer vacation this year. don't tell president obama that. even with no debt deal, he is still planning a swanky vacation on martha's vineyard. oh, and then august 2nd debt deadline, the president keeps referring to as armageddon, the commander in chief has a birthday blowout planned for the very next day. fox news contributor and former
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advisor to president clinton and the author of "revolt" dick morris joins us live. good morning to you, dick. >> so you've got 55% of the country not going on vacation because they're worried about their jobs and their future. and you've got the president going on this very fancy vacation to martha's vineyard and then you've got this birthday blowout. where tickets, vip dinner tickets are $38,000. does it look to you that the president seems to be tone deaf while the rest of the country is sucking in their gut? >> yeah, sure looks that way. when clinton was president, i urged him not to go to martha's vineyard but to go hiking in the rockies. because he was losing ground every time he was seen hobnobbing with celebrities on their yachts. but, you know, obama is way distorting this whole debt limit picture. he's trying to paint it, as you said, and he says as armageddon and the fact of the matter is that it's not. the united states government takes in 60% of what it spends in tax revenues and those tax
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revenues will continue to flow whether the debt limit is raised or not. so there's enough to pay for -- to default, to pay for social security, pay for medicare. pay for military pay. but there's not enough for them to fund the amtrak or the department of labor and the department of commerce bureaucracy. that's what the stakes are. this is not armageddon. this is a smoke screen to protect the payments to protect the bureaucracy in waiting. >> it's working so far for him. that gang of six proposal that you spoke about earlier today. or this morning, it is really a terrible proposal when you look at the specifics of it. it proposes a trillion dollars. by eliminating the mortgage interest deduction and the charitable interest deduction,
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it goes ahead and specifies cuts but without indicating what those cuts really are going to be. so i think that -- and above all, it sets up a committee that monitors this, that then will have the ability to make automatic reductions in spending and raises in taxes if the targets are not met. these are the ideas of the simpson-bowles commission and they were rejected nine months ago and they're still rotten ideas. the right idea is what the house just did, the cap and balance bill. >> unfortunately for the house members, it sounds like it may not come up in harry reid's senate. stick around, we'll talk about this. bill clinton, dick's former boss says he was too smart to get into a debt debate when he was in office. did he just take a shot at the current holder of the keys to 1600 pennsylvania? and no bait needed to catch this shark. he jumped right into the boat. why he may have been looking for
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>> glad you're up. the suspected gunman that burst into leonard boswell's house in iowa was arrested in missouri last night. he was an acquaintance of boswell's family. another in custody was accused of driving the getaway car. and astronauts launched the last satellite from the atlantis. a small box that will test various solar cells for effectiveness. they're set to touch down right before 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. you will see it live right here on "fox & friends."
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>> president bill clinton says president obama is going about the debt debate all wrong. if he was still in the oval office -- >> wouldn't he like that? >> sometimes he does think he's in the oval office, he would use the 14th amendment to bypass congress and raise the debt ceiling by himself. >> he says he would be smart enough to make congress look like it was refusing to make a deal. former advisor to president clinton and fox news contributor dick morris rejoins the conversation. all right, dick, so section 4 of the 14th amendment allows the president to ensure the nation's debt is covered so bill clinton, your former boss is suggesting, i'd just declare a national emergency and i'd get it through. too bad, republicans. >> well, if you -- in a strange way, there's nothing the matter with that. the issue is not will the united states pay its debts? the issue is will the united states incur more debt by additional federal spending? the -- we have to pay about $30
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billion a year of -- i'm sorry, $30 billion a month in debt service. we collect about $180 billion a month in taxes. we also incur $120 billion a month in new debt for new spending. >> but dick -- >> so when the president talks about a default, he's just using that as a smoke screen and if clinton had his way under the 14th amendment, he'd be deprived of the smoke screen but still have the issue of borrowing for the spending. >> isn't the issue also, dick, that president clinton is sending a message to president obama saying look, i would handle this lickety split. here's how i'd do it and i'd make republicans look bad in the process. >> the point is obama is using the default to hide behind. issue is not are we going to default on our debt? it's whether we're going to borrow for additional government spending. and what clinton is saying is you don't have to default on your debts. you can order a higher debt limit to pay our debts and i
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think he's right. you can. but you can't order a higher debt limit to pay for more spending and that's what obama wants to do. >> right. here's one of the things that bill clinton said. he said, i think the gingrich republicans figured i'd be smart enough to explain to the american people that they were refusing to pay for the expenses they had voted for when ronald reagan and george herbert walker bush were president and that would make them look bad. and he had a real good way of being able to do that to the american people. >> yeah, come on, except the barack obama has increased federal spending from $3 trillion to $4 trillion in 2 1/2 years. under the bush and reagan and clinton administrations, it didn't even go up by a trillion over all 20 of those years. so i think that -- but i think that the 14th amendment itself is kind of irrelevant here because the 14th amendment was passed to make sure the
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confederacy would honor the northern debts after the civil war and, you know, that's kind of neither here nor there. it is still there and could be interpreted that way and that's fine. let's pay the debt. just don't borrow for new spending. >> exactly right. >> gotcha. dick morris, thanks so much for coming in with your perspective. >> always a pleasure. straight ahead, an update to the teenager that is to say accused of killing his parents, and then throwing a party in their house. this morning, we're seeing the pictures taken moments after their murder. >> and it's no secret that photo shopping is a widespread practice that makes models and actors appear younger, thinner, more fabulous. but now, there's a move to make this stop. >> all right. but first, happy birthday to carlos santana. the guitarist, right there. is 64.
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>> that is the scene right out of "jaws. ">> all right. this is different. a marine research team was working off the coast of south africa when a 9 foot shark landed right on their boat. >> we need a bigger boat. >> it thrashed about destroying equipment. it took several attempts but a crane was used to lift the 1,000 pound shark back into the water. everyone on board was ok. >> what happened? was the shark just lonely? >> or just acrobatic, it jumped on to the boat for no reason. >> by the way, as a co-host, there's nothing that you can do except make the reader expand on the shot of the day and now she gets to provide you to facts to the story. >> it was like a scene from "jaws" and that was a scene from "jaws." >> that was so similar, it was actually the scene. >> the best out of the jaws series was jaws 3d with a bunch of people that i didn't recognize. there's something about a sequel that has nothing to do with the
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premise. he was within our sights and he slipped away. fox news now has confirmed this morning one of the world's most wanted terrorist, american born cleric escaped a marine corps strike in the days after the assassination of usama bin laden. missiles fired from our jets missed their targets, a pickup truck he was riding inside while crossing in the desert. still, no word whether al-awlaki was hiding out today. we believe it was may 5th when it happened. >> chilling new photo of tyler hadley, the 17-year-old accused of murdering his parents about a hammer and then partying at his house. this photograph was taken reportedly after he had confessed to his friend and showed him the body. he said he took three ecstasy tablets before the murders and he would commit suicide if caught. he's now being held without bail charged as an adult. prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty. >> a mother and her three young
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daughters killed when their car plunged into a washed out section of a wyoming highway. she died along with her daughters hannah, zoe and lucia all under the age of 9. the only survivor, the father and husband. he was able to escape as the van swept down the violent creek. they had been camping in a national forest when it started morning. an emergency responder stuck in the same washout while responding to the scene but was rescued about two hours later. how tragic and sudden that was. >> yeah. nail biting moment at the championship motocross match in minnesota. watch. >> whoa! launches. we got trouble. down and down hard. oh! >> oh, that was motocross rider chad reed. he was in the lead before wiping out with 450 riders. coming up at full speed. even more incredible, he remounted his bike moments later
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and finished a very respectable 14th place and for a while, it looked like he could fly. >> there he goes. >> they were taking a look at him. looks like the silencer -- >> takes a licking and keeps on ticking. after that falling off the bike -- >> yeah, pretty much. >> i think we were -- that's amazing. >> i played darts in the back. >> we understand. meanwhile, is it raining in your backyard? look at the map and you'll see where the rain is right this second, we got some thunderstorms moving through as you can see the great lake states and also some widely scattered showers in portions of the tennessee valley. and out west. but much of the balance of the country is dry and it is warming up! take a look. already in the central plain states, temperatures in the 80's. 83 in minneapolis already. 81 in kansas city. 80's across much of dixie land. down through florida as well. now, let's take a look and find out -- actually, it's going to be another hot one. it is the summer after all but
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amazingly, not quite as hot as it was yesterday throughout portions of the northeast. 89 here in new york city. 100 today in chicago. you know, you factor in the humidity and it's going to feel north of that across much of the country as it continues with that dome of hotness in the middle. 99 today in kansas city. about the same for minneapolis. 101 today in el paso and 107 in phoenix, arizona. >> let's talk photoshopping. i personally love it when it's done to me. it's no secret that photo shopping is a widespread practice that makes models, actresses and occasionally anchors appear younger, thinner or more endowed than they really are. >> the american medical association is weighing in and courtney friel has more on photo shopping and the doctors. >> good morning, everybody. happy hump day. did you know that photo shopping dates as far back as 1860? with an iconic portrait of abraham lincoln featuring lincoln's head on the politician john calhoun's body? today, the ama worries there are
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consequences to unrealistic advertising. several studies show that american girls even as young as the age of 3 are unhappy with their bodies but will models, photographers and the media be up for changing their creativity or publicity complains? there are plenty of celebrities who ask for a nip or tuck here. >> who wouldn't want to be blemish free. >> sarah jessica parker is on this month's cover of "vogue" and it's the age issue but not a wrinkle to be found. elizabeth hurley is quoted as saying she allows on a good photographer and a certain amount of retouching. >> the american medical association is adopting a new policy that discourages air brushing, specifically in teen publications. its concern -- photo shopped images can lead to eating disorders and distorted body image. >> we think some regional guidelines could be developed by the advertising associations to
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make sure that we do take care of our kids in a good way so that they don't develop these unhealthy expectations about themselves. >> but with automatic photo editing software programs widely available, air brushing is easier than ever. >> celebrity photographer dave catinsky uses picture of me to show how quickly this is done and believes the practice is here to stay. >> every magazine is going to be photo shopped. someone is going to be fixed up to some degree. people made slimmer, add color, correct blemishes, complexions. no photo right out of the camera is ready to be put into print and circulation. >> so while the ama is shining a light on the controversial practice, its guidelines are no near as forceful as some countries like france, britain and israel that has proposed legislation for companies to identify when their ads have been altered. some celebrities have spoken about extreme retouching.
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kate winslet took legal action for making her too thin and brad pitt ask his "w" magazine cover not be retouched. i got to tell you that sometimes i think my life would be better if i was 10 pounds thinner. how messed up is that? i told that to the ama guy and he says, blame these magazines. >> you don't need retouching quite frankly and i do blame the magazines for making you think that you must be perfect. magazines won't go along with this. with any change, right? >> yeah, the ama is hoping that they'll listen to these guidelines and the girl scouts of america loved what they're doing but the reality of the situation is, you know, photographers and the media and the campaigns really don't want to change anything. >> so talking about the 10 pounds, when the guy made your face fatter. >> he made -- it was really cool set called portrait professional, the program that we used, i don't know, it's $150 if you guys want to make your face look better. that's the thing. air brushing is everywhere. it's easy. >> when i took photography in
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college, i'll get into detail on the break in this, we used a paintbrush and we would actually do that. i don't know -- >> that's a paint by the numbers. >> i'm telling you, we did a portrait. >> that was back in the old days, brian. now they got these computers that the kids are on and they do all sorts of stuff. >> you're saying i didn't help the segment or cross talk at all? >> no. as you depicted and courtney started, it started with abraham lincoln, even back then. >> right. who was president. >> abe lincoln. >> thank you very much. >> good to see you. >> ripped from the headlines, law & order stealing the sex scandal of one of the most famous families in america. we'll tell you what that is. >> and then an air traffic controller too drunk to drive. still directing flights. but guess what? he's still got a job. whose fault is that? we'll talk to a commercial pilot who says there are more boozy skies ahead. we used to bet who could get closest to the edge.
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>> quick headlines. the obama administration fined $200 for refusing to pay a $16 congestion fee while the president was in london. official motorcades are required to pay the fee. felony charges dropped against the colorado woman who reportedly groped a female tsa agent to make a point about the patdowns but the 61-year-old from colorado still facing misdemeanor charges for grabbing and the tsa's breasts after refusing a screening. that's her mug shot. all right, brian. >> the rest of the world celebrated usama bin laden's death, our next guest was busy at work feverishly updating his thriller so the story line would
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be more relevant today. the author of the book "portrait of a spy" daniel silver joins us now in the studio. how dare they get him when they did? but almost fortuitous, you'd rather not release the book. >> i'm not one of these writers that has two or three finished books in the drawer that are waiting to go into production. i push a book, i write a book. i write very close to my publication date and in "portrait of a spy," usama bin laden was not a character but certainly a force within the book that was referenced several times during the book. he was alive in that book. that night, it was may 1st. while the rest of america was celebrating and i live in washington, half the city streamed towards the white house, i was sitting in bed with my manuscript which is not finished yet and i was able to quickly rewrite the book and bring it completely up to date. >> so "the portrait of a spy" is a novel but you had to talk to real life people to make sure it is authentic. >> it is -- look, when you write
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about the world as it is, i'm a writer who tries to catch history in the act, you have to try to make it as realistic as possible. i'm fortunate in that i have good sources inside american and israeli intelligence where i set my novels. i sometimes think that i am told things that, you know, normal reporters might not get to hear because of relationship that i've been able to develop. with that said, i think of myself more of an impressionist than a realist and i give myself plenty of latitude to tell my story. >> right, you have a unique view possibly in the arab spring because your character is from saudi arabia but you have lived in cairo for a while. walked through tahrir square, was this arab spring predictable to you? the freedom agenda that was maybe outlined? >> i actually did predict it in a novel that i wrote a few years ago called "the secret servant." i always thought that the mubarak regime would be brought down from the street, even so, i was stunned.
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stunned to see hundreds of thousands of people in the square, the courage it took to face down the regime. we don't know where this is going to go. there's a wonderful line in "jurassic park," the jeff goldblum character says, i think it's in the second movie that it starts with ooh and aah and ends with running and screaming. we've had the ooh and aah part and we've had the running and screaming part and we don't know where this is going. >> you talk about courage. what about the courage of the people of iran who stood up to their regime and were gunned down and brutalized by that oppressive government and what about what's happening in syria even today? standing up as at least 1600 have been brutally murdered. >> i wish the administration would have pulled the plug on our sort of too cozy relationship with that regime. we were reluctant to throw him overboard. this is a vial, vial regime. it needs to go. and the sooner the better. >> al-qaida, as you see it today? >> al-qaida central has been
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dangerously weakened. eroded. seriously eroded. its ability to carry out a big, spectacular attack against the west in my opinion has been eroded. that does not mean that there aren't smaller cells around the middle east. every -- every country in the middle east has an al-qaida cell or network in it. my sources in israeli intelligence tell me. dangerous, unpredictable but it is possible, possible, i say, if we get this arab spring right, if we help them get -- the threat of terrorism might begin to recede. >> according to my notes, this book will be made into a movie and the first scene is shot on a table news show when they get interviewed by someone like me. >> that's exactly right. you turn out to be an assassin who is here to kill the author. author disarms the assassin and saves the day. >> exactly. we have to work in a weather guy and then we can actually make this come off. congratulations on the book. tremendously creative guy that goes into the facts to write
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fiction. good luck with "portrait of a spy." >> thank you. >> an air traffic controller caught wasted at work. but he's not losing his job? really, is that true? how can that happen? next, we're talking to a former air traffic controller who is not surprised. and didn't chris christie say he was not running for president? why is he heading for iowa and having lunches with big republican donors i ask? you answer at home. eck out hugeg the bass pro shops summer clearance sale, like...
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>> he was too drunk to drive. but that didn't stop a colorado air traffic controller from directing planes. six hours into his work day, his blood alcohol level tested twice the legal limit. but don't worry, he's not losing his job. he'll be back in the control tower after he's done with rehab. how can this happen? rob mark is a commercial pilot and a former air traffic controller himself and the editor of jetline.com. thank you for being here. this guy had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit six hours into his shift. so obviously, he was even more drunk at the start of his shift. how can he still have his job? >> well, you know, i think the way the f.a.a. looks at it is that they tested him and they're most concerned about whether this person is an alcoholic or whether this was a one time issue and, again, there are so many professions these days that
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try to help rehabilitate people and this person would have to go through a rehab program. i must admit, two weeks sounds pretty short to me. but there may be some extenuating circumstances but again, the issue is -- >> look, we understand that, obviously, employers want to take care of their employees if they have an alcohol problem. but this guy was in charge of flights over nine different states. thousands of people's lives were basically in his hands because if they were flying during those hours. so shouldn't the airlines have a zero tolerance policy or i should say shouldn't the f.a.a. have a zero tolerance policy about being drunk as an air traffic controller? >> oh, i think they probably do have a zero tolerance policy as far as pulling the person off position as soon as they recognize it. however, the issue of, you know, when someone is able to be rehabilitated and when they're not, then that's an f.a.a. issue and i don't necessarily agree
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with it but that's their policy. >> look, there's been a series, as you know, of air traffic incidents that we've put together just a few. in february, there was a five hour nap taken during one guy's shift. in march, they were unreachable. the pilots couldn't reach them upon landing. in april, they were once again sleeping on their morning shift. now this guy again drunk six hours into his shift. what's going on? are our bosses not monitoring air traffic controllers closely enough? >> well, i think what we always have to ask is why did this person show up at a job that he knows is critical to safety under the influence? i mean, that's got to tell you this particular person has something else going on in their life that's not working out real well. now, how closely the f.a.a. follows that, you know, is a real issue because, apparently, not as closely as they should be. but again, realize, this is only one of the incidents that we know about. this is not the first time
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somebody has tested positive for alcohol as an air traffic controller. >> then again, isn't it time for zero tolerance policy? maybe air traffic controllers wouldn't be asleep on the job, wouldn't be showing up to work drunk if they thought they were going to be fired the next day. >> well, it is an interesting double standard because look at the pilots at northwest who maybe a decade ago, three of them flew an airplane into minneapolis all under the influence and boy, the next day, the same day, they were gone. they were toast. but f.a.a. does not have the same policy but there has been this double standard issue on rest, as you mentioned with the controllers falling asleep. this is all the -- all these issues coming back to roost for f.a.a. >> right and coming to light so we can see what's going on. rob mark, you, again are the editor of jetwhine.com. thank you for coming in with your expertise on these. >> you're welcome. >> sarah palin making a big announcement. she's expanding her role. we'll tell you what that means.
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because your moment is now. let nothing stand in your way. learn more at keller.edu. >> good morning, everyone. it's wednesday, july 20th. i'm alisyn camerota in for gretchen. their plans hatched. now republicans are skasking th president to put his ideas on the table. here's the white house response. >> leadership is not proposing a plan for the sake of having it voted up or down. >> will americans buy that definition of leadership? we report, you decide. >> is that leading from behind? i've heard that, too. did bill clinton just school president obama? yeah i said the word school in a cold open saying the budget mess could have been avoided if only the president read "debt limits for dummies"? >> clever. >> i have to apologize next hour. >> i'll wind up doing it. meanwhile, call it the steal of
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a lifetime. see that mega mansion? beautiful, right? well, the owner says he bought it for $16. how did he do that? standby, hour two, "fox & friends" for a wednesday starts now. >> this is bristol palin and you're watching "fox & friends." you bet. >> you betcha. thank you very much, bristol. wait until you hear about how that guy down in the dallas/ft. worth area wound up with that pretty house for $16. >> it's such a good story. i want to do it. i'm going to be looking for a house for $16. >> his neighbors hate it. >> well, it doesn't matter. don't go to the block party but you have a place to stay. >> yeah. but the details. wait. >> how many water slides do you need to be on? >> the problem is no electricity and no running water in that house. >> that's all right. for $16, you can install those things. >> find out what he did to do it and get it in a minute. >> let's get right to your news. a lot to tell you about this developing story. the taliban denying reports this
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morning that their leader mullah omar is dead. a spokesman for the terror group says outsiders hacked into taliban phones and into their web site. those outside agents sent a fake text message that omar was dead. the taliban also claiming a posting on their own web site says the same thing. they say that was also a fake. live pictures from london right now where british prime minister david cameron is addressing parliament over the news of the world scandal. this comes one day after the newscorp ceo and his son james testified before a committee saying they were appalled by the scandal. >> i would like to say as well just how sorry i am and how sorry we are to particularly the victims of illegal voice mail interception and to their families. >> now, as for that man that attacked murdoch with a pie made of foam, he's under arrest this morning, the prankster called himself a comedian, by the way, and also this morning, a british judge awarded actor hugh grant
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the right to see evidence of whether his phone was hacked in the news of the world scandal. newscorp, of course, is the parent company of fox news. shuttle atlantis beginning its descent to earth this morning. when it lands tomorrow, the shuttle program will officially be over. crew member sandy magnus says we need to think of what we do next. >> this is a very complicated business and it takes plans that last longer than two or three or four years. we need a decade long plan and need to stay focused on that plan and we need to execute that plan. >> you can see the landing right here on "fox & friends" tomorrow morning at 5:56 eastern time, we will be here bright and early for you. ok, also, arnold schwarzenegger's love child scandal getting the law & order treatment now. glad we paused for that. "law & order svu" is producing an episode based on the scandal next season.
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in the made-up story, a 50-year-old philanthropist has a secret love child with his mistress and his wife, based on maria shriver fighting back when her family is attacked in the press. >> you know what? it's not believable. it will never fly. >> that could never happen in real life. >> good job pausing for drama. those are your headlines. >> all right. the house passes a cut, cap and balance act and they did it overwhelmingly as the gang of six comes up with a deal at the same time. that breeds new life into the negotiation process over the debt ceiling. peter doocy live in washington, d.c. with the convoluted details. peter? >> brian, the gang of six got together originally to keep the ideas of president obama's fiscal commission alive. the fiscal commission made suggestions a few months ago about reducing the debt and it was headed up by allen simpson and erkine bowles and those two men said to pray for the gang of six. the gang of six has republicans and democrats and some of the colleagues in both parties
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supported the plan yesterday and here's what they like. two steps, the first one cuts $500 billion right away and step two takes a while but will it cut $4 trillion from the national deficit in the next decade. part of that comes from cuts from security and nonsecurity discretionary spending. nonsecurity meaning the pentagon and cuts to medicare and medicaid but keeping the structure of those programs the same. next up, big one, reforming the tax code. headline is they want to cut the number of tax brackets in half. now, there's six. they want three tax brackets and the goal of reforming the tax code overall is to raise a trillion dollars and the trillion dollars would also come from getting rid of some tax breaks and tax deductions. tax breaks for home mortgage interest and tax breaks for employer provided health care would go away but some of the money saved there would actually lower taxes for some other people and the plan also strictly tightens the government's budget process, they say and make sure social security stays afloat for the next 75 years. now, president obama gave this
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plan a thumbs up yesterday. republican majority leader eric cantor also said he thinks it's got some constructive ideas but the senate's top democrat, harry reid says he doesn't know if it can physically be written up as a law in under two weeks. guys? >> yeah, and so this is an outline -- thanks a lot, peter doocy. so this is an outline. they got to make this into a piece of legislation and they only have about 12 dies to do it so harry reid said the same thing. we're up against a clock. at the same time, was this all put forward in order to squelch the momentum that the house was deriving from the cut, cap and balance which was passed with a few democratic defections and a few republican defections? >> that's right. will it even see the light of day? cut cap and balance in the u.s. senate, just a couple of minutes, one of the original founders of the gang of six is going to join us live to talk about whaetsz going on there and brian, you're exactly right, the republicans have put forward the cut, cap and balance plan. then you've got this bipartisan
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thing. who's missing from this occasion is the president of the united states. he hasn't had a plan so right now, we're going to play a couple of soundbites. first, you'll hear from paul ryan who is the author of one of the republican plans and you'll hear from the president's spokesperson. >> there are people putting plans on the table. that's good. i'm glad people are putting plans on the table. there's one person who is pretty important in all this who hasn't put a plan on the table yet. that's president obama. through all this talk, we've gotten speeches. we've gotten press conferences. we have yet to see any proposal from the president to fix this problem. >> leadership is not proposing a plan for the sake of having it voted up or down and likely voted down because it is -- look, you know how this town works and how congress works. if an individual, whether democrat or republican leader steps forward and says this is my plan and solely my plan, it makes it a lot harder for that plan to be the basis for a
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bipartisan compromise ooch. >> you can see the verbal gymnastics he's going through. leadership is not proposing a plan and then he had to figure out how to work his way around to what leadership was. this wasn't the definition most people use is leadership though his point, i think what he was trying to say is when biden went into the talks, he went in with an open mind to negotiate, to hear what other people's plans would be and to cobble something together. that's negotiating or that's deliberating. it's not what most people call leadership. >> my father has a saying that is like what he was trying to explain and it goes something like this. why is that guy following the crowd? because he's their leader. we wound up getting an e-mail from laura jean. she says that what the president's spokesperson was explaining essentially is the president has voted present as president. >> good point. >> it's just unbelievable. i understand what he says but if he's collecting people's opinions like the president
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does. he calls in congressional leaders and he gets opinions. he's great at doing that. he should put a plan forward and work his way backwards from there and he can say here's where i compromise. here's where i can't compromise. this is what i believe. to me, that is one of the worst moments so far of his 2 1/2 years in office if that's an accurate way to describe how he's leading the nation. he's not just another guy. he's not just another legislator. he's the president. it's incumbent on him to come out with a plan and take the slings and arrows that came out with it. >> how many times did he vote present? you look at that and you look at this and say he's trying to have his cake and eat it, too. >> that's his style. >> your dad is full of them. one opinion that, as brian said, he's collecting but he may not want to have is president, former president bill clinton's. bill clinton keeps offering up suggestions for what to do with obama's presidency and the latest thing that he's said, he was interviewed on monday night, he said that what he would have done in this debt ceiling crisis, he would have just threatened to use the 14th
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amendment or really use the 14th amendment to raise the debt ceiling over any objections that was his prerogative as a president and that seems to be what president obama should do and it's hard to know how the current white house feels about president clinton when he unsolicited offers up advice to how they should be handling it. >> here's what the president exactly, the former president actually said. bill clinton said this. i think that the gingrich republicans figured i'd be smart enough to explain to the american people if they tried it when he was president that they were refusing to pay for the expenses they had voted for when ronald reagan and george h.w. bush were president and that would make him look bad so he would couch it in a way that would be politically advantageous to his position. >> right. exactly right. e-mail us, what do you think is going on there dynamic wise? meanwhile, here's a story we told you about at the top of this hour. and that is there's this guy down in texas, he's been doing some researching on the internet and he discovered there's this law on the books in texas that if you print out this on-line forum, you can essentially be a
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squatter in a house if this has been abandoned and that's exactly what has happened. it's a little known texas law, he's done it. his neighbors are absolutely terrified. that houses right there in flower mount, texas. >> this beautiful house is valued at $330,000. it was abandoned because of all the foreclosures. so he found it and he was able to, because of that on-line forum that steve said, get this house for $16. now, it doesn't have any electricity or running water. and he is squatting in it but that is what -- a beautiful house by any standards. >> it's -- the law is called adverse possession. instead of going to the bank, he went to the denton county hall, county courthouse, filled out the form, and kids, that's where you live now. >> and the way he's able to do this is apparently the mortgage company for the original mortgage. >> went out of business. >> exactly right. so what he's planning to do is to live there and he says that under texas state law, if he
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lives there for three years, he can then be declared legally the owner of that property. >> if you want to recognize him, he's the guy in his backyard showering with the poland spring bottle and he'll be easy to identify. >> there's got to be other houses in this situation where the mortgage company has gone out of business and the house is objecteded. there has to be other people that can take advantage of this obscure texas law. >> get your blow-up mattress and good luck. before you order that ice cold milkshake, think again. what if we told you that's all you can eat all day? the worstaled o as ali editoria. >> and should a veteran be burd buried without his war decorations because of an unsettled bill? the company holding his bills won't budge. is that fair? we'll report, you decide. with the hotels.com 48-hour sale,
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>> still no deal on the debt limit but yesterday, there may have been finally a breakthrough. a bipartisan group of six senators, gang of six, offered up a plan once again to raise the debt limit and cut the deficit by trillions. even the president praised it. >> the good news is that today, a group of senators, the gang of six, democrats and republicans, i guess now the gang of seven because one additional republican senator added on put forward a proposal that is broadly consistent with the approach that i've urged. >> joining us right now is one member of the gang of six, georgia senator. good morning, senator. >> good morning, steve. good to be with you. >> there are a number of other senators that have taken a look at the proposal and people on capitol hill and they go wait a
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minute, this is just an outline. i don't see where all these numbers are coming from. >> well, that's always the case when you have a complex piece of legislation like this, steve. and we're in the process of writing legislative language now but, you know, this has been a long and arduous negotiation between three republicans and three democrats and sometimes it's been on again, off again. and we are now formulating the detail and giving more and more of that detail to the respective members of our conferences. >> well, jeff sessions, the respected member of the senate from alabama said he looked at it and what he could see, he could only find $1.2 trillion worth of savings and going forward, in his estimation, it looks like all the other savings would be figured out by a legislative panel. is that -- is that what you guys have in mind is down the road, somebody is going to have to figure out where the cuts are going to come? >> well, it's going to be two steps, steve, we have a down payment that has about $500 billion in immediate discretionary cuts through
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putting in spending caps immediately and we have some measures in that down payment such as cpi and what not that are huge benefits to everybody in america. the second part of it is we're not going to supersede the jurisdiction of the various committees. armed services, agriculture, all of these committees are going to be charged with certain responsibilities of finding reductions in spending as well as reforming the tax code. that is correct. >> and when you're talking about reforming the tax code, one of the suggestions that you guys are floating is there would be just three tax rates and i understand the highest marginal tax rate currently out there at 35% would actually go down, right? >> that's right. it would go down to somewhere between 23% and 29% so everybody's tax rate is going to be lowered. >> right, and i also understand that the mortgage interest deduction for home owners would probably go away as well. because you are raising revenues or raising taxes, are you taking some heat from members in your
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own party? >> well, we really aren't raising taxes. we're actually lowering rates to help generate revenue and certain of the expenditures that are going to be eliminated are going to be added back and the mortgage interest deduction, we say in our plan, we know that's a popular provision and should be added back because a number of middle income americans take advantage of that and charitable deductions and that will affect the ultimate rate that's put in place. this is not a tax increase. it actually is going to lower rates very much like what ronald reagan did in 1986, and when reagan did this, by the elimination of expenditures what we saw, steve, was almost an immediate increase in the gdp and that's what we got to do. we got to energize the economy. and we can do that in ways by lowering rates of corporations and individuals. >> right. senator, before you go, is it enough? i know you guys would like to do a lot. is it enough?
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>> well, we've never been focused on the debt ceiling with our proposal. we've always been looking at the $14 trillion, steve, that our children and grandchildren are going to have to pay. now it's up to the leadership to see if they want to take our proposal and incorporate it into the debt ceiling debate. >> let's see what happens. good luck to you. senator from georgia, thank you, sir. all right. straight ahead, are kids learning more on the computer than in the classroom? more kids than ever before going to cyber schools but do kids really need more time in front of the computer screen? the debate straight ahead and betty white says she loves a man in uniform but can't make a date with that marine. no worries, somebody else is stepping to the plate. [ male announcer ] introducing the ultimate business phone --
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>> all right. time for news by the numbers. first $10 billion. that's how much american airlines is paying for 460 new boeing and airbus jetliners. next $650,000. that's how much money the sarah palin movie called "the undefeated" made in its first weekend. it expands from 10 screens to 17 this weekend and 2010. not a year. that's how many calories are in just one pb&c shake from coldstone creamery. that is more than the total daily calorie intake recommended by the federal government. have that and nothing else all day. ali? >> ok. if you insist, i will. meanwhile, a controversial new trend has more parents than ever before enrolling their kids in cyber schools.
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right now, 1.5 million students are taking one or more classes on line. but is this such a good idea? here for a fair and balanced debate, senior education policy fellow dr. vickie alger and parenting expert stacy nelkin, thank you so much for being here. >> my pleasure. >> at the moment, 1.5 million students involved in some on-line course. that number is expected to rise over the next three years to 10 million students in this country. you don't like the idea of virtual schools. why not? >> no, i'm actually horrified because i think it is missing the point of what primary and secondary education is largely about. which is socialization. we are social creatures, children learn from peer pressure, from simple interactions with each other. it's vital for their growth. >> what about that? all the things besides reading, writing and arithmetic that kids
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get from going to a real school. >> first and foremost, we as taxpayers pay for children to be educated and not socialized and it also assumes that children don't get socialization opportunities through virtual learning as well. they actually do. >> how? >> well, there's a number of ways. first, they are interacting with their teachers constantly. they're also interacting with their peers in their on-line classes. >> but just to interrupt, they're interacting on the computer just the way they're now socializing on the computer through facebook and through texting. i mean, this is not face-to-face interaction, doctor, aren't we interested in having our kids get away from their computer screen and have more real life interaction? >> that is exactly right. as parents, i'm sorry, we need to keep our children more on in their bodies and less on line. way too much. >> respond to that. >> well, what you're assuming
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is what you're doing in a cyber classroom or virtual school is the same thing as facebook or twitter. it's not. what technological advances are doing are giving hundreds of opportunities to otherwise students that wouldn't have them. there's not a one size fits all in virtual learning. you're assuming that children are just sitting in a darkroom, unsupervised, just writing out into cyberspace. they're not doing that. they're doing very rigorous courses that are specifically designed and teachers are working with them as well as parents to make sure that they are getting the knowledge and skills that they in particular need. >> and by the way, we should also mention that in support of what dr. alger is saying, a recent analysis looked at 1,000 students inside these virtual schools and found they are producing stronger student achievement than in traditional classes. there are obviously merits to both arguments and we'd love to hear from our viewers which one
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you believe in. are these virtual schools helpful or harmful? dr. vickie alger and stacy, thanks so much for coming in to debate this. >> thank you. >> thank you! >> coming up, a football player blew his big time sponsorship deal because he came out in support of usama bin laden. now that athlete is suing. is he entitled to something? we report, you decide on that and your e-mails are pouring in on this story. a veteran could be buried without his purple heart because of an unpaid bill with the storage company. will the company compromise? ooo whatcha got there? uh oh, sesame stir fry from lucky dynasty.
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>> time now for your shot of the morning. a wild leopard terrorizes a village in india before going after the security guard at the forest. the beast was eventually tranquilized and then put down. >> is this real? piggy back ride? >> no worry, there he is mauling him. no word on what caused it to wander into the village in the first place. nonetheless, what a picture. >> look at those guys with the guns just standing there. >> until they tranquilized him. >> oh, boy. >> that's your shot of the morning. all right, 28 minutes now before the top of the hour, some headlines now. fox news confirming this morning one of the world's most wanted terrorists, american born cleric
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escaped a marine corps strike in the days just after the assassination of usama bin laden. it came through the air. our missiles missed their target. a pickup truck he was riding in to cross the desert, well, we hit the truck, only the bumper, still no word where he was hiding out today and who tipped us off to begin with. >> is casey anthony ready for her close-up? the 25-year-old is reportedly in california right now and close to signing a $1 million deal for her first television interview. raise your hand if you didn't see this one coming. the offer comes from a tv producer al taylor seen here with larry king. he reportedly met with anthony and her lawyer jose baez in palm spring. casey seemed eager of taking the money but did not like the idea of taking a lie detector test as part of the interview. there have been plenty of fake casey sightings. a woman resembling anthony was seen runing with a towel over her head at orlando executive airport yesterday. baez said it was a hoax to trick
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the media. >> quit or be fired. 200 teachers complicated in a cheating scandal have until today to resign or be fired. four area superintendents were ousted last week for the same reason. but get this, a new report shows they're still getting paid! more than $500,000 in combined annual salaries! >> remember sergeant ray lewis who asked betty white to the marine corps ball. >> i would like to take betty white. she's just funny. she's sweet. she's mature. she's the all around perfect woman. >> all right, well, betty white apparently can't go. but another celebrity heard that he likes mature women and says she wants to help. >> i know that i am not betty white. but i would be really, really thrilled if you can't find anybody else and i know that's unlikely but if you can't find
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anybody else to go to the ball with you, i could come. >> that is a great offer. there's no word yet if sergeant lewis has accepted. actress linda hamilton's invitation. meanwhile, justin timberlake and mila kunis are still attending the marine corps ball. it will be quite a star studded affair, brian. >> it is going to be. and i love that linda hamilton stepped up like that and i hope that author is indeed accepted. meanwhile, nfl owners and players reportedly on a deal that could end the lockout as early as today formally tomorrow. they hope to have a proposal ready to show the players executive committee when they meet in washington, d.c. this afternoon. if the 32 team reps are ok with it and i believe they will, they can vote on the proposal as early as a few hours from now. it would then go to the team owners for a vote on thursday and they could start playing tackle football again! and signing free agents. also, while you were sleeping, basketball superstar yao ming
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and i tried to keep this from ali. he is retired. he's 7'6" and find himself out of a job. he made the noannouncement in h home city of shanghai. that's china. he says his foot injury from last year is not getting any better. tired of icing it. pittsburgh steeler ra shard mendenhall suing champion. they dropped him after he posted controversial tweets expressing sympathy for usama bin laden and expressed doubt about the al-qaida's leader's involvement in the 9/11 attacks. this guy is a genius. mendenhall's comments were "inconsistent with the values of a champion brand" so he says he's being punished for invoking the first amendment to his free speech. is he out of his mind? he's going to force a company to continue to endorse him? what kind of country -- where's this guy living? what's he looking at? >> what kind of country is this? glad you asked. meanwhile, you know, everybody
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monitors new jersey governor chris christie's every move to see if he ever plays his hand as to any interest in the presidency so now he's doing something very interesting that people are looking at. he's heading to iowa. >> why is he doing that? get this, he was invited. and he was invited by an educational summit which means they invited a governor to an educational summit in iowa. >> suspicious. >> makes you think to yourself, did they just invite a very popular governor to an educational summit in iowa. wait a second. isn't that a caucus state? isn't that where it kicks off. don't they have straw polls where? >> they do. that's what makes this suspicious. he's also going to apparently be fundraising for congressman steve king there. also suspicious. event of sorts. >> and he also had lunch in the city with billionaire who is a huge republican donor who supported rudy giuliani. you know what that means. he says he likes having lunch with people that are smarter than him.
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and that's why he met with him. you know what that means? that ken is smarter than governor christie. >> you know what i like to have lunch with, who i like to have lunch with, people that are better looking to me and that's apparently how lots of voters feel. this will come as a shock. there's a new study out of mit. >> people better looking than you? >> no. that people like good looking people. voters like good looking people. that's a shockerooni, isn't it not? >> it's the understudy, those who don't pay that much attention go for the better looking candidate. joining us right now, looks correspondent steve doocy. you're an expert when it comes to good looks. >> huh? yeah, right. take a look at this right here, we've put together all the major candidates for the republican nomination to put this mit study to the test and we've got some folks who have just stopped by heading to work today. good morning to all of you. come on in a little closer. everybody look right here. all right? who do you think -- do you guys all follow politics pretty well?
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>> yes. >> pretty much? all right. so you know who all these people are. all right? who do you -- who's your favorite? point to them one at a time. you first in the blue shirt. >> you got a couple right there. >> i like santorum. >> you like santorum? >> romney. >> you like romney right there. and ma'am? >> romney. >> now, it's interesting because this mit study says that people who are not very engaged in the political process but they just see people on tv, they tend to like the people who are better looking. and bachmann and romney and john huntsman are mentioned because they're good looking. do you buy that? >> do you? >> do you think that's true, sir? >> no. >> you don't? >> see, they say they're apparently -- there are enough of those people to actually sway an election. enough people out there who only pay attention when it's -- when
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the pedal is to the metal, do you think that's true? >> yeah. >> most people don't know what's going on. i believe it. >> the other thing is there's a lot of good looking people who are also absolutely qualified for that particular job. all right. where are you from? >> new jersey. >> new jersey. good. chris christie is going to iowa. what do you think is going on with that? >> i'm afraid to find out. >> ok. >> where are you from? >> tennessee. >> new jersey. >> ft. smith, virginia. >> thanks very much for helping us out today. >> thank you. >> it's already warm outside, by the way, brian and ali, but you wouldn't know that because you're in air conditioned comfort right now. >> right. and steve, those not low information voters. low information vote go for looks. they are a bunch of substantive voters. >> clearly. >> you know that -- you know about that story, you know about the story we're discussing this morning about the -- about the gentleman that passed away, this veteran, who had a purpose i will heart a-- purple heart and
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kept it in storage. the family is trying to give back all his war stuff but he has a bill of $500 to pay. >> right. because sadly, this 69-year-old veteran, vietnam vet had built up some medical bills apparently during the course of his life, as you can imagine, so he -- this bill for storage went unpaid and he actually had two purple hearts in there from his service so his family would like him to have those at his funeral, to be buried with him and the storage company that ironically is named two men with big hearts moving and storage, says, you know, a bill is a bill. where's our $500? they need their money before they're going to allow these purple hearts out. >> right. now, here's where our viewers have gotten involved. and that is we told folks about this story just in the last hour and since then, the e-mail machine has lit up, a whole bunch of people out there want
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to help the family get enough money to make sure that they can get those purple hearts and the fella's other military memorabilia out of storage. if you'd like to help them, give us an e-mail. we've been in contact with the family. they'd be happy to talk to you. friends at foxnews.com as ali is acting as miss carol mariel right there. being vanna white. >> the survivors are chris, jessica or his wife laura, so you could put it to them. a guy is from the neighborhood street strong enough to lift a car. >> then democrats are taking a page out of the g.o.p. book, apparently, channelling ronald reagan. is that a good idea? what are they doing? our political panel will get to the bottom of it. they're chatting now. boy, i'm glad we got aflac h
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>> quick headlines for you on this wednesday morning. felony charges dropped against that colorado woman who reportedly groped a female tsa agent to make a point about patdowns but the 61-year-old lady from the great state of colorado still facing misdemeanor charges for grabbing the tsa agent's breasts after refusing to get screened. and a sewer geyser from a manhole in montreal is strong enough to lift a car! heavy rain earlier this week played havoc with the city's drainage system. incidentally, that is in a no parking zone and it's always something. brian? >> president obama, democrat urging republicans to raise the debt limit before the august 2nd deadline. you may have heard that. now they are invoking a familiar face to do so. >> ronald reagan worked with tip o'neill and democrats to cut spending. ronald reagan successfully reached agreements with the democratic speaker of the house.
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>> when push came to shove, reagan agreed 11 times to package that included revenue for the good of the country, for the good of compromise. >> so is the democrat strategy to invoke president reagan in the debt talks effective? let's ask the panel. let's go to julie, former communications director with senator corzine turned governor corzine. kariaki works for form add iz voor for president george w. bush and rick newman, chief business correspondent for "u.s. news & world report." good move? >> probably paying ok because people aren't paying attention to the details of what's going on. it's clear that people want this problem to get involved but we got to remember this was reagan's prime initiative when he came into office in the 1980's, you know, lower taxes, reform the tax code. that's what he came into office to do and shrink spending and that's not what obama came into office to do. obama didn't come into office saying my main priority is to get the debt under control. >> why bring up reagan?
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>> he ignored it for a long time. >> first of all, you know, i don't know what reagan came into office to do. he did raise taxes 11 times and he did support raising the debt limit 18 times so ronald reagan today would have been trounced out of the republican party. these guys don't want a ronald reagan kind of republican. they've moved so to the right ronald reagan would have been with him. they're saying the party has become so unreasonable that reagan wouldn't have anything to do with them. >> the unemployment is shrinking and that began to thrive and gave him latitude to do these things. >> i believe that president obama is using the reagan ad to just kind of use it to further his agenda, to get what he wants done so he can point to the republicans and go look, you republicans during the reagan administration, you all were working with us and you were communicating or working together and now you're not doing anything. it's our way or the highway. i think that's a very good strategy on obama's part using it as a tool. very effective one at that.
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>> the tool he's using, though, is use the tip o'neill hatched deals with ronald reagan but to use reagan's name over and over again, it seems to have come from a high level meeting because he's a leadership, chris van holland, president of the united states, this isn't something that comes up haphazard much that's a conference call. >> sure. it's a memo. obama is at the top, highest level and at the meeting. clearly that's his strategy. i think this could end up working for him. it looks like there's going to be some kind of a deal. he's the one that looks like he made it happen. >> but he's the guy who just said, i don't have a plan because part of leadership is not leading. >> well, no, no, what he basically said it is not up to him to write legislation. it's up to congress to write the legislation. he cannot -- >> not have a plan. >> he cannot wave his magic wand. congress has to come to the table. >> he can wave his imagimagic p.
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>> doesn't he want to author anything? this is my program. >> no, he's supporting the gang of six proposal and unfortunately, the house republicans aren't. >> julie and rick, thanks so much. >> great job. >> thank you. >> coming up straight ahead, we move ahead. it's been more than a year since soldiers saw him shoot and kill his comrades at ft.hood. remember this? major hasan going to court today. what's taking so long? a military attorney who was there the day of the shooting explains to us next. on this day in history in 1970, three day night was the number one song. "ma "mama told me not to come." let's listen to a little. [ female announcer ] ever wish vegetables didn't taste so vegetably? well, v8 v-fusion juice gives you a full serving of vegetables, plus a full serving of fruit. but it just tastes like fruit. and try our deliciously refreshing v8 v-fusion + tea.
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>> it's been almost two years since the deadly ft. hood shootings but today, accused shooter army major nadal hasan is expected to appear in court for his arraignment. >> he's charged with 32 counts of attempted murder and 14 counts of premeditated murder. what took him so long to get in the courtroom and what can we expect? this attorney joins us right now about that and he was at the shooting when it occurred. what took so long? >> good morning. there's any number of things that took some time. primarily this, case has been in the army chain of command's hands for the better part of the last year and a half. and there was, of course, a pretrial investigation, the army refers to it as an article 32 investigation that took sometime to be tried before the case could be recommended for referral to a general court-martial which it was, i believe, just last week.
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the defense, of course, has asked for a number of delays in this case. one of the biggest delays that they asked for was to conduct what's referred to as a sanity board which is nothing other than a mental health examination of the accused. and of course, that came back clean, so to speak. but it's been a lot of defense delay. >> so the massacre happened on november 5, 2009, if it took a year and a half or more for the arraignment to happen, what is the trial going to look like? >> well, the trial, it sounds like -- the word on the street is the trial is going to be scheduled sometime in march of next year. between today and march, the defense will likely submit dozens and dozens of motions if not into the hundreds that all have to be litigated prior to the commencement of the trial. the defense is asking for a trial date of march. the judge will probably grant that today. you'll probably hear what the trial date is today. all those motions need to be litigated and don't be surprised if that trial doesn't take place
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until next summer. >> and the trial will take a very long time and the thing is, brad, he clearly did it. >> well, it certainly appears that way. based on all the evidence i've seen and all the media accounts and, you know, quite frankly in a case like this, it really isn't a matter of guilt or innocence. the only question for the defense, i would have to think is whether or not he's actually going to be executed at the end of the day. >> and what is your expertise tell you about that? >> well, you know, going by military precedence, you know, this is going to be -- he's going to be reviewed by a panel of officers all of his superiors and the precedent is that he will probably be convicted and he will probably be sentenced to death. >> yep. brad glendening, thank you so much for joining us live. it's the democrats' big victory, how will voters react to health care reform come election time? the science is in and not so good.
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>> alisyn: good morning, everyone. today is wednesday, july 20. i'm alisyn camerota in for gretchen. republicans passed their cut, cap and balance plan in the house, but they have a question for the president. >> mr. president, what are you afraid of? all we're asking for is send to the states a balanced budget amendment. >> alisyn: we have the white house response coming up. >> steve: and a cat fight in congress. a congresswoman called vile and despicable. that's just the beginning. what's all this name calling really about? details straight ahead. >> brian: from leading the pack to flying through the air against his will, this rider is tossed dozens of feet a lot higher, but it's what happened next that really will astound you. "fox & friends" starts right now.
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>> alisyn: good morning. thank you for joining us on this wednesday. great to be with you guys. >> steve: we're getting a lot of e-mails trying to help out that family where the service member died and they need $500 to get the purple hearts out of the storage place. if you would like to help, go to our web site. >> alisyn: let's get to your headlines. right now you are looking live at video of british prime minister david cameron, or at least a spokesperson addressing parliament over the scandal. >> wide ranging and independent judicial inquiry under law justice neverson to establish what went wrong, why and what we need to do to insure it never happens again.
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>> alisyn: this comes one day after news corps ceo and chairman rupert murdoch and his son, james, testified before a committee saying they were appalled by the scandal. as for the man who attacked murdoch with a pie made out of foam, he's under arrest. the prankster calls himself a comedian. news corps is the parent company of fox news. new video of atlantis beginning its descent to earth this morning. when it lands tomorrow, the shuttle program will officially be over. crew member says we need to think about what to do next. >> this flight is a very complicated business and it takes plans that last longer than two or three or four years. we need a decade long plan and stay focused on the plan and execute that plan. >> alisyn: you can see the landing right here on "fox & friends" tomorrow at 5:56 a.m. eastern time. yes, we will be up an hour early to bring that to you. we hope you'll tune in. we have this breaking news just in to fox.
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u.s. marine corps corporal dakota mire is being awarded the medal of honor. he received a call from the president on monday. he's credited with running into a kill zone under heavy fire to find three missing marines and navy corpsman in afghanistan in 2009. sadly, they did not make it out alive, but mier is being honored for going beyond the call of duty. he's the third civilian to receive that honor from the wars in iraq and afghanistan. >> steve: what a story. >> alisyn: nail biting moment at the championship motor cross match in minnesota. look at this. >> whoa! we got trouble! zachary is down ask down hard! >> alisyn: that was motor cross rider chad reid. he was in the lead before wiping out with 450 riders coming straight at him full speed. even more incredible, reed remounted his bike, as you can see, moments later, finishing a respectable 14th in this
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race. wow. those are your headlines. >> brian: got to tell you what happened in the house yesterday. we heard the vote was taking place and it did. in the end it passed. cut, cap and balance and a time tally of 234-190. five democrats said that sounds good to me, but yet nine republicans defected and voted with democrats. in the end, it passed. but the republicans can say, look, you voted me into office. you wanted me to cut the budget. i did exactly that. but i only have one branch of government. >> steve: exactly right. now that it passed the house of representatives, it's interesting, before they took the vote a couple hours earlier, the president came out and said, i'm going to veto it. we had a guest on who said he thought there was a real good possibility that the u.s. senate may take it up perhaps as early as today. meanwhile, a member of the body of the house of representatives, jason chavitz was on greta van
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susteren last night saying, hey, mr. president, don't be afraid of this, cut, cap and balance. >> mr. president, what are you afraid of? all we're asking for is send to the states a balanced budget amendment. that's all we're asking for. it's a three threshold. three quarters of the states would have to ratify it for it to become an amendment. this argument will be about do you or do you not want to balance the budget? i don't know that the president wants to eventually balance the budget. >> alisyn: the president had a lot to say about this. he basically said this is a symbolic vote because he had said that he was going to veto it and the senate wouldn't pass it, that they were doing this as his spokesperson said, for kabooky theater. let's listen to what the president said now. >> we don't have any more time to engage in symbolic gestures. we don't have any more time to posture. it's time to get down to the business of actually solving this problem and i think we now are seeing the potential for a bipartisan consensus around what
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that would take. >> brian: that was the president saying -- he hopped on for another reason. the stock market we want up because he did it. he decided to tell everybody how encouraged he is because the gang of six has gotten back together. senator coburn rejoined the gang of six and decided to build on the bowles-simpson commission conclusion and put together a framework for a new budget going forward that attacks the deficit and put into play a half trillion dollars worth of cuts, building up to just shy of $4 trillion worth of cuts in ten years. >> alisyn: of course, the devil is in the details because they have this plan, but it's not translated into legislative language. that's the sausage making that people always talk about about creating legislation and don't think this would be able to happen before august 2 and the deadline. >> steve: right. and here is some of the details/$3.7 trillion over ten years.
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the thing is now the way it's written, there is a trillion dollars spelled out and then later, some sort of legislative panel would figure out how to make the cuts. there is a huge headline on drudge that says $1 trillion in new taxes? senator chambliss, one of the gang of six, says it will not increase taxes. >> this is not a tax increase. it actually is going to lower rates very much like what ronald reagan did in 1986 and when reagan did this, by the elimination of expenditures, what we saw, steve, was almost an immediate increase in the gdp. that's what we got to do. we got to energize the economy and we can do that in ways by lowering rates of corporations and individuals. >> brian: so it's a comprehensive look, it has both sides relatively encouraged. senator reid says it's fine, but we only have 16 days to get this done. we got reports from our people on capitol hill that eric cantor told his other congressional
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members that plan on working every day up until early august, until we get a deal done. here is the thing, i thought charles krauthammer put it great last night. you outlined there is no specifics. they got to decide this in committee where the cuts will happen. he said, all right. raise the debt limit for the president a half trillion dollars. get a six months. at which time we don't raise it again unless they've come to conclusions and agreed on other cuts in other areas or else we're in the same crisis once again. make them accountable. >> alisyn: that's one suggestion. fair enough. if they can't do it in the next two weeks. meanwhile, we need to tell you about this fight that was going on on the house floor yesterday and then continued into e-mail. this was between congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz there and congressman alan west. what happened was after alan west left congress, left the floor, walked out, she, debbie wasserman schultz, had basically attacked him for cutting entitlements to their constituents in florida, saying what he wanted to do would hurt
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seniors. let's listen to what she said. >> the gentleman from florida who represents thousands of medicare beneficiaries as do i, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for medicare beneficiaries. unbelievable from a member from south florida. >> steve: okay. so there she said, you know, the gentleman from florida. and alan west took that to mean himself even though she did not mention him by name. but he fired off pretty much instantly this particular e-mail that goes: look, debbie, i understand that after i departed the house floor, you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. let me make myself perfectly clear. you want a personal fight? i am happy to oblige. you are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the u.s. house of representatives. if you have got something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise shut the heck up. focus on your own congressional district. >> alisyn: wow! >> steve: indeed. >> alisyn: he was angry, i'm
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guessing. >> steve: you think? >> alisyn: the most vile member? he called her unlady like after that. >> brian: they had a history and dates back to a disgusting protest he claims. it's also in the e-mail, that he said, you ordered at my campaign headquarters in october 2010, i believe it's referenced in this sound bite when colonel alan west talked to fox news. >> this is something once again, the democrat party, when they put my social security number and my wife's employment identification number in a mail piece, this has been an ongoing thing. i've been called uncle tom. sell-out oreo. it's very interesting to me that we continually allow liberals to do whatever they want and attack conservatives but all of a sudden when a conservative stands up and says enough, then people want to sit back, especially liberals, want to play victim. she's not a victim. she's been attacking alan west for quite some time. >> alisyn: he's so soft spoken there. he's so soft spoken when we've
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interviewed him versus the language or the tone that you get from the e-mail. what do you think? was his e-mail over the line? was that language over the line or was this -- is all fair in politics? >> steve: straight ahead on the rundown for this wednesday, new ads like this one from moveon.org. but are they effective? frank luntz taking out his dials. he will reveal what americans think about them coming up next. >> alisyn: then we got so many e-mails about this breast-feeding doll yesterday, we wanted to further the conversation. coming up, a different perspective from a dad with a two-year-old daughter. you'll want to weigh in on this.
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>> brian: the constant back and forth bickering in washington, d.c. continues to rub voters the wrong way. now a new round of negative tv commercials is also sparking voter discontent and joining us right now with his latest dials and focus group and all his charisma and we'll try to get the reaction from all his people is frank luntz, the author of at least two books. >> at least i've -- i've written more books than i've read in the last few years. >> brian: that's good. >> what i've got for you, are two ads. they're awesome because it's become really, really difficult to break through. look, we're only in july. the election is more than a year away and yet, we're still trashing each other. the first one i want to show you is from moveon.org and they call it the shark ad, an ad that's effective gets above 50. this doesn't do well among democrats or republicans. let's take a look.
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>> the enormous and powerful. they prey on the weaknesses, trying to separate the healthy from the sick. their strategy is to confuse and exhaust their victims. they kill people each year by denying coverage while profiting billions. shark week, let's take up real predators. help insurance companies. call congress, tell them don't put insurance profits before health care. support a real public option. >> brian: your sense is, frank, that it didn't work for either side? , i thought negative sells? >> negative people pay attention to, they'll listen to it for a bit, but we've now -- it's almost like penicillin, that we've now become resistant to it. if it starts negative, we're not going to pay attention and that ad, the voice is negative, the music behind it is negative, the visuals are meant to be frightening. what happens is people turn it off in five seconds. that ad is a failure. >> brian: it's supposed to want us to want a real affordable public option. but i don't necessarily think it worked. you have another ad? >> i got another ad. this one is from the other
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perspective and it also doesn't really connect in the way that its sponsors would have wanted to. again, let's look. >> united states borrows $4 billion every single day. already $14 trillion in debt, but instead of cutting up washington's credit card, kate marshall would raise obama's debt limit without spending cuts. >> at this point i'm going to have to raise the debt ceiling. >> yep. that's kate marshall. four billion borrowed every day. $14 trillion in debt. to places like the people's republic of china. call kate marshall. tell her we can't afford more debt. >> brian: listen, it's playing a few good international cards for a local race. what do you think? >> it does better than the first one because it deals with very specific issues in the candidate, but i still think they could do it better by offering an alternative rather than being just negative. >> brian: i hang out with a lot of royalty. that's what i'm most comfortable. but i never got a chance to hang out with the person you did, prince william? >> yes.
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i had the opportunity to meet him in l.a. and present to him with a newspaper of the birth of his father. and brian, it was remarkable to me. he looks at the newspaper, and i don't know if you got that footage -- >> brian: yeah, we did. >> he is shocked how beautiful -- in fact, you can see how beautiful his grandmother, the queen looks. and it stunned him. he's a very nice man. he's very well-spoken, very soft spoken. this guy is going to make an excellent king and he's going to impress the world some day. >> brian: prince william and kate wowed the west coast and frank luntz impressed him. way to come prepared. good job. >> thank you. >> brian: good job preserving headlines. meanwhile, we asked you yesterday, do you want your kids playing with the new breast-feeding doll? coming up, a perspective we haven't heard, a dad with a two-year-old daughter. and there he is, grammy award winner john legend is here. but he's not singing. he's trying to fix the trouble with schools, like fire teachers still collecting six figure
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>> steve: quick headlines. definitely it was not suicide. that's according to the sister of a woman found hanging from the balcony in her boyfriend's california mansion. her feet and hands were bound just days before the boyfriend's six-year-old son fell down a flight of stairs in the same house. he passed away this past sunday. police have yet to determine if the deaths were accidents or suspicious. and the suspected gunman who burst into congressman leonard
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boswell's farm house in iowa, arrested in missouri. 20-year-old david dowbettery was an acquaintance of the family. cody rollins in custody, accused of driving the get away car. >> alisyn: your e-mails have been pouring in since we first told you this story yesterday. a controversial doll called the breast milk baby now being sold in the united states. the doll allows children to learn how to breast-feed. it even makes noises that sound like sucking. t.j. mccormick joins us, a conservative radio host and the father of a 2 1/2-year-old girl. t.j., great to have you here. >> nice to be here. >> alisyn: yesterday the e-mail lit up and people were divided over whether or not this is harmless play acting for kids or whether this is sexualizing children. what do you think? >> i think it's sexualizing children. i actually coined my own phrase. i think it's a hyper maturation. >> alisyn: making them grow up too soon?
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>> too much information. i think there is so many people who are very legitimate, myself included, who just want our children to have the chance to just be children. >> alisyn: yes. however, this is what amazes me 'cause yesterday we had on keith ablow, it's only the men who think that this is sexualizing children. you do know that before there was playboy magazine, they were children. why is it sexual when children mimic the actions of their mothers? >> i think it's a bit of semantics going on. i don't think -- i have been taking a beating on twitter and facebook since i said i was going to be talking about this. oh, maybe you're the one with the issue. >> alisyn: maybe you are. >> maybe you look at breast-feeding as sexual. it's not sexual, it's about the child's sexuality. it's about her role as a little girl. she's a little girl. my two-year-old is a little girl. and you know, you know what she does with her dolls? she cradles them, she feeds them with a spoon. she puts them in a cart and goes shopping with them because that's what she relates to. she's two.
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she doesn't have the capability of breast-feeding yet. >> alisyn: but that's because she's not seeing her parents, her mother, breast-feeding. i have three children under seven and you know what? they sometimes breast-feed. >> good point and here is the thing. my wife, we are pregnant with our second. and now i'm going to take a beating for saying we. i am absolute leisure that millie, my beautiful girl, will end up mimicking my wife. >> alisyn: will it be sexual or play acting? >> it will be a natural thing that she'll find herself doing, a natural progression towards mimicking and understanding and then she can ask questions. that's fine. why do we have to pro-actively foys this thing before a child? it's a creep factor, too. the fact that this doll comes with a vest that has defacto nipples on it and this company knows that they're doing something creepy because they're not nipples, they're flowers. so they're replacing the baby anatomically. it's just a bit much. >> alisyn: your argument is like saying, well, if we give a child
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a baby doll, it will encourage pregnancy. how does just showing them breast-feeding encourage sexuality? >> it's not about encouraging sexuality. it's about information. it's about overload, i think. again, it's one of these things where they're going to grow into it and they'll get it, but why do we have to instill it pro-actively? >> alisyn: okay. fair enough. we shall see what the viewers say about both of the positions we have taken here this morning and when you have a new baby, we'll see what your daughter does. t.j., fun to debate with you. >> thank you very much. >> alisyn: thanks for coming in. what took so long? next on the rundown, the suspect in the fort hood massacre finally in court. but will he use the insanity plea to get off the hook. john legend is here and he's making our students his mission. come on in, guys.
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gang, right? you're at the white house, mike emmanuel. it seems like tax hikes are possibly back on the table. >> fascinating the way the discussions have gone. these six senators, bipartisan, worked on this for six months, looked like it was dead in the water. then all of a sudden, a meeting on capitol hill yesterday and then it spread like wild fire in terms of people saying, hey, i like this idea. let's take a look at some of the bullet points, if you will, of this gang of six plan. it would slash about $4 trillion off the nation's deficit over ten years, strengthen entitlement programs solvency. reform the tax code, basically breaking it down to three income tax brackets, lowering rates, closing loopholes, and sounds like simplifying the system strictly tighten government budget process, and reform social security for future generations. so a detailed outline not in legislative language at this
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point, but as we've been talking about, this debt ceiling crisis for feels like forever, people have been looking for a serious plan and a lot of people are jumping on this one, guys. >> alisyn: mike, the president likes this? >> yeah. ali. it was fascinating. he came out pretty quickly after it started spreading on capitol hill and said he's in favor of it. take a listen. >> the good news is that today a group of senators, the gang of six, democrats and republicans, i guess now a gang of seven because one additional republican senator added on, put forward a proposal that is broadly consistent with the approach that i've urged. >> interesting thing is i was on capitol hill yesterday meeting with some folks and it was tough to see whether the president giving it such a warm embrace early on would actually help or hurt because some of the people you want to make sure are on board are some of the house
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republicans and if the president loves it, it's not clear whether they will as well. guys. >> steve: because the house republicans have their plan to pass last night. mike emmanuel, thank you for the live report. >> brian: my decision to match your dress is very interesting. >> alisyn: brilliant. >> brian: nearly two years after he was charged with murdering 13 people, including a pregnant woman, the fort hood shooter will be arraigned in military court. major nidal malik hasan, still collect ago paycheck, will face a judge this afternoon in texas. this will be his first courtroom appearance since he decided he would face the death penalty. in fact, it was decided. his lawyer is not saying if they're considering an insanity defense. >> steve: meanwhile, he was just within our sights, but managed to slip away. fox news has confirmed this morning one of the world's most wanted terrorists, american born cleric anwar al-awlaki, escaped a marine corps assassination attempt. it happened days after osama bin laden was killed. we got intel there.
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apparently we figured out where he was. missiles fired from our jets, missed their target. he apparently was in a pick up truck riding across a yemeni desert. still no word where he might be today. but the bad news is, we didn't get him. >> alisyn: this is just like a scene out of jaws. or this scene out of jaws. look at this. okay. that was the scene out of "jaws." next we'll show you a marine research team chumming the waters off the coast of south after contaminate they were caught completely offguard when this nine foot shark landed right on the deck of their boat thrashing about, destroying equipment. it took several attempts. a crane was used to lift the 1,000-pound shark back into the water. everyone on board was okay. thankfully they had a crane on board. >> brian: that's the danger of crumbing. >> steve: let's be chummy with the weather and it is sticky
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across much of the land today. currently as you can see, widely scattered showers through portions of the great lakes. scattered shower activity down through portions of dixieland. it will be a warm one today. already at 34 minutes after the top of the hour, it's 80 now in raleigh and atlanta. about the same for kansas city and memphis, tennessee. let's go to the big map for later on today, around 4:00 o'clock this afternoon, man oh, man, it will be about 100 from stem to stern. all the way from minnesota down through the central plains, back across the desert. the real feel temperatures across much of dixieland going to be feeling like 100. 94 today in atlanta and raleigh as well. factor in the humidity and it will feel like 100. meanwhile, in springfield, ohio, today it looks like they're going to have a high of about 92 degrees. same in cleveland. why would i mention springfield, ohio? because that's the home of our next guest. >> alisyn: good foreshadowing. he's a nine-time grammy award
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winning recording artist. music is not john legend's only passion. for years the singer dedicated himself to giving back specifically to public education and john legend joins us on the curvy couch. great to have you here. >> good morning, how are you? >> alisyn: doing well. >> steve: hot day in springfield. >> a hot day in new york and springfield and everywhere. >> brian: what's so good about school? >> probably good kids are out right now. >> brian: they're sweating because there is no ac. you are concerned because kids are dropping out. one every nine seconds. >> one every nine seconds and about a third of our kids don't graduate on time. so i'm working with png and communities and schools to do an initiative to raise awareness about what communities in schools do to stem the dropout rate and we're excited about that. >> brian: when you talk to these kids, you make eye contact. you get a sense that you can make a difference as opposed to somebody who hasn't made what you've done? >> i think a small difference is made by somebody like me coming
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in. the major difference is made by the teachers that's in front of them every day. those people are working hard every day to make sure these kids learn what they need to learn and stay in school and accomplish what they need to accomplish. >> steve: something we've been talking about ever since -- particularly that movie "waiting for superman" came out and i know you've seen it and liked it. >> i was part of it. i made the song for it. >> steve: absolutely. it was terrific. but one of the things they talked about, we got to get rid of the bad teachers. we got to reward the good teachers. there has been a study and i know you looked at the research that showed that they looked at a couple hundred schools here in new york city where they looked at paying the good teachers a merit pay. as it turns out, according to this study, it has little to do with students' scores. you can pay a teacher more money, but the scores don't go up. >> i think what's happening is those teachers are highly effective anyway. they didn't need you to give them an extra bonus to make them highly effective. they were already doing that. so that didn't make them work harder, they were already working hard. so i'm thinking bonus in itself
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doesn't make the teachers better. but what we do need to make sure is that we have a quality teacher in every classroom because that is consistently been proven as the most important in school factor to making sure students achieve. so whatever means we need to get to that end, which is high student achievement, which is driven by teacher quality, that's what we need to do. >> alisyn: there was so much outrage in "waiting for superman" in other cities where it turns out there are bad teachers. some in these rubber rooms in new york. some who have various infractions and they're still collecting their salaries. what can we do about that? >> sure. that's part of the problem. so if the key driver for student achievement is making sure quality teachers are in every classroom, that means if they're not in there, kids are suffering. >> alisyn: they could be fired? we need to have -- >> yeah. they can join an interesting thing right now. they have -- >> steve: fired a bunch. >> they have a new evaluation system where they're saying, if you're ineffective for a couple years in a row, then we need to think about moving you out of
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the system because you're not doing a good job for the kids and the rest of the teachers make sure they continue to improve and continue to develop and then they even reward teachers who are doing very well. so i don't think rewarding those teaches that are doing very well will make them teach better, but if you're a dc chancellor, it's probably going to want to make them stay in your district. if you are in the talent business where you're trying to keep and develop as many talented teachers as possible and you pay them better than the next district, then you'll probably do a better job of keeping them there and that will have a positive effect on your kids. >> brian: one thing the crew noticed is that we, me and you, seem to get along better than you and doocy? >> really? >> brian: probably the reason is because i started music in fourth grade. >> i knew that was going somewhere. >> brian: out of all these causes you could get involved with, why did you say, john legend, why get involved in education? >> i started off caring about poverty and thinking about why are so many folks suffering in poverty? i started working in africa and
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then i started looking at what was going on here in america. if you think about why so many people are stuck in poverty, a lot of it has to do with the fact that their education is not providing them a pathway out of poverty. it's not providing them an opportunity to help themselves. because the american dream is to be able to learn, to grow, and develop and then go off and do something great. if you're not given that start at the beginning to make sure you have a good education, then it's hard for you to break out of that cycle and so i decided i wanted to get involved in education reform because i want to make sure all of our kids have an opportunity to get a good education. it's something that drives me ask something that inspires me. >> steve: some day you may have children of your own and you want to make sure -- >> yes. >> steve: always a pleasure. he's dropping by between gigs because you're on tour. >> i'm on tour with sade and we're playing in new orleans on friday. >> alisyn: we'll be there. >> steve: do you have a jet or something waiting for you? >> i'm going to fly commercial down to new orleans. >> brian: we would like to be roadies. steve, you can handle the drums.
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>> apparently you play guitar. >> brian: i played for a year. my problem was my amp didn't have a ground. i hopped out of the pool and electrocuted so i would eventually stop. >> you survived it. >> brian: i have some damage. i haven't figured out where. >> alisyn: interesting. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> alisyn: she's holed up in hiding, but casey anthony still costing taxpayers a lot of money. peter johnson, jr. is going to break down those numbers. >> steve: then it doesn't make sense, a majority of americans not happy with how the president is handling the economy, but his approval rating still remarkably high. dr. larry sabitow is up next and he can explain what's going on.
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>> alisyn: 45 minutes past the hour. a quick check of your headlines. is chris christie testing the waters in the presidential pool? new jersey governor still says he will not run in 2012, but he will visit iowa next week. last night he also met with a large group of republican donor donors. does this milk shake look as delicious to you as it does to us? if you drink it, you are done with your food intake for the day. a new study today reveals the most fattening restaurant foods, cold stone creamery's 2010-calorie -- 2010-calorie milk shake tops the list. yum. steve? >> steve: move on over. thank you very much. the newest poll shows only 38% of americans approve right now, only 38% -- of the job that president obama is doing in handling the economy.
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but the president seems to be defying those numbers overall. his job approval is still at 47%. so how long can president obama resist the political gravity of a failing economy? dr. larry sabitow is joining us from virginia. good morning to you, sir. >> good morning, steve. >> steve: okay. so you look at his approval rating and his popularity rating. they are still higher than you might imagine given the fact that when americans talk about the job he's doing with the economy, he's not getting good marks. >> yeah. look, you know, all those physical laws of the universe you learned in high school physics class? they all apply to politics, more or less sooner or later. what we find historically is that as you move toward election day, the divergence is eliminated. that is the two lines converge. people's views of the president
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tend to reflect their view of the economy. >> steve: what you're suggesting is the closer we get to the election, it depends on how we're doing? i mean, the unemployment is probably going to be in this range, but the gdp might go up. people might feel a little better about things? >> yeah. look, people look at different measures of the economy. obviously. as you say, it's very unlikely that unemployment is going to be a whole lot better. it may have ticked down a few notches, but it's still going to be bad by november 2012. the variable will also look at is economic growth, gdp growth. you know, there are cases historically, i think for example, of fall 1976 when in that critical quarter in the gerald ford, jimmy carter presidential race, all of a sudden it jumped up 6, 7, 8% right before the election. that's how gerald ford went from 33 points back to finishing just two points below jimmy carter on
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election day. so you never know. but i can tell you one thing, you can't escape the judgment of the voters on the economy. it is what it is. if it's good, a president will benefit from it. if it's bad, he's going to reap the whirlwind. >> steve: sure. we are almost in the dog days of summer and ultimately, while guys like you and i talk about politics all the time, people out there in tv land and across the country, they're not paying attention yet because the republicans haven't picked their guy or gal yet. >> yes. it's outrageous, isn't it? they're not listening to us as closely as they should be and they're not as excited as they should be on the minute to minute changes. but that's absolutely right. look, people are living, they're living their lives, they're doing what they do every day and logically they say, we'll get to politics when it matters, either right before our primary when we make a primary choice or in the general election, they'll think about it september, october, early november.
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>> steve: right. real quick, exit question, we've just touched on chris christie's gone out to iowa. he keeps saying he's not running, he's not running, but as you look in your crystal ball, what do you see? >> he's a real tease, isn't he? he has met with so many different groups, begging him to run, what a great position to be in. people come hat in hand, begging you to run for president. no, i don't think he's running. i think he's made his decision. but look, he's enjoying this. he should enjoy it. >> steve: all right. enjoy the ride. it beats having people say no, don't run. that would be a bad idea. larry, we thank you for joining us live. meanwhile, straight ahead, casey anthony's criminal trial may be over, but her next cash grab could come at your expense. peter johnson, jr. next up to explain. first, what's coming up in the top of the hour? bill hemmer has an interview with some astronaut. >> we've got that and rand paul on what he thinks can pass.
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>> brian: the casey anthony trial cost florida taxpayers $6,000 per day. even though the trial is over, the bills are still coming in. how? well, we are still footing the bill because she's an infamous inmate, so to speak. peter johnson, jr. is here. she's out of florida. >> i don't know where she is palm springs, california, carlsbad, california. she was declared a poor person in the state of florida, so her legal fees are hypothetically to
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be paid by the state of florida. so she's appealing the empty demeanor verdict. so the printing costs and perhaps legal costs will be paid by the taxpayers in the state of florida going forward. now, if she goes to some other jurisdiction and there is a credible death threat and god hope there is no death threat against her,. >> brian: but it's possible. >> their own lawyers were talking about the atmosphere. then the people of carlsbad or palm springs or san diego or new york city or boston or wherever she is, they have to pay the cost to local sheriffs or police officers providing security for her. once there is some credible threat. because that's the way we operate in this country. rich or poor, if you are a victim of a credible threat, then the police have an obligation for a lot of reasons, to act. so the taxpayer burden in terms of miss anthony is going to continue. we've heard a lot from her lawyer and her lawyer is right.
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the jury must be respected. but at the same time, if there is an issue that this thing has gotten out of control in terms of publicity, in terms of the commercialization, in terms of the capitalization of what's gone on in terms of contracts and money and movies and films and abc paying another $200,000 of her rights to her story, then we say to ourselves, what the heck is going on? at one point you're an indigent and claiming the taxpayers dole, but at the same time, is she going to become a millionaire? >> brian: as soon as she becomes a millionaire or cashes in anything, then she's no longer indigent, pay for her own security. correct? pay for her own travel? >> absolutely. but there still is an obligation, rich or poor, if you alert the police that there is a credible threat that someone is going to kill you, the police are going to sit in front of your house as they should and she should be protected from death threats. but the cost goes on and on and
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on. >> brian: 12,200 for mental health expenses. 45,000 for investigative of invoices. 8500 for out of town travel. and 7600 plus in deposition transcripts. >> there was another $275,000, some coming from abc that went to her. allegedly the baez folks have not been charging going forward. will they be charging going forward? is there an agent contract? has he become the new agent for casey anthony going forward? >> brian: we still don't know how her daughter died, which is where the whole tragic thing started. peter johnson, jr., thanks so much. meanwhile, "fox & friends" returns in two minutes. verizon claims i 4g lte is twi as fast as &t.
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